SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(04/20/2017) The City of Springfield will host a Pre-Earth Day celebration 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday, April 21 to dedicate a newly upgraded Yardwaste Recycling Center.
An indoor ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., followed by guided facility tours at 11 a.m. from noon to 1 p.m.
Upgrades to the Yardwaste Recycling Center facility include a new 3,500 square-foot building with indoor public restrooms, staff offices, conference room and equipment maintenance space. Improved traffic flow and pavement throughout the facility allow for better product management and materials production.
The other improvements that were made at the site highlight the connection between solid waste management and clean water services in Springfield. A new biosolids storage building will allow organic matter recycled from the City's wastewater to more efficiently stored and distributed to local farms as fertilizer. The new hydrants will uses effluent from the Southwest Treatment Plant for improved compost production.
The total costs for construction on the project came to $3.2 million and were funded through the Solid Waste and Cleanwater Enterprise funds.
The City's Yardwaste Recycling Center is Springfield's primary drop-off site for recycling residential and commercial yardwaste and brush. The center sees more than $75,000 customer visits per year and processes approximately 180,000 cubic yards of yardwaste into landscaping mulch and compost products available for purchase.
Information about hours, fees, and quantity guidelines are available by visiting springfieldmo.gov/recycling .